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Free First Thursday June: Photography Member Contest Exhibit
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Free First Thursday June: Photography Member Contest Exhibit

This exhibit will showcase the winning works by the Seattle Japanese Garden photography members. Join us in celebrating their talent and dedication during an opening reception on Thursday, June 6th.

Free garden admission for all after 1 p.m. on June 6 for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided. The On-the-Wall exhibit will be on display through the end of July.

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Family Saturday June: Kamishibai (Storyboard Theatre) by Youth Theatre Northwest
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday June: Kamishibai (Storyboard Theatre) by Youth Theatre Northwest

Join us on Saturday, June 15th for a production of Kamishibai story-telling by Cory Southwell and students of the Youth Theatre Northwest.

Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre that was popularized in the early 1900’s and through the Great Depression. Kamishibai stories were told through a series of 12-16 large paper panels placed in a wooden frame strapped to the back of a bicycle to make it easy to transport from town to town.

6/15 Performance Schedule:

First Set @11:00 a.m.: “The Three Magic Charms” & “The Wizard of Oz”

Second Set @12:00 p.m.: “The Kappa and the Carpenter” & “The Ogre That Wanted to be Human”

Free admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Family Saturday.

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Family Saturday July: Tanabata Star Festival
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday July: Tanabata Star Festival

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Join us for the annual Japanese star festival! Tanabata 七夕 at the garden is a family-friendly event that we celebrate with magnificent colors, craft making, and a tradition of writing wishes. 

The origin of Tanabata comes from the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, star crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way. Each year on the evening of July 7th, Orihime and Hikoboshi are allowed to reunite for one night only. In Japan, Tanabata is celebrated by decorating bamboo branches with origami ornaments and tanzaku, poems or wishes written on small strips of paper. 

Or garden visitors will have the opportunity to write wishes and tie them to bamboo sticks in the garden. Garden tours will be offered at 12:30. The Tateuchi Community Room will be open for guests to enjoy complimentary tea, and an art exhibit, featuring the winning works from the Photography Member Contest.

Family hanging their wishes on bamboo (Photo: Aurora Santiago)

Family hanging their wishes on bamboo (Photo: Aurora Santiago)

The festival will also feature an energetic performance by UW Taiko Kai and Japanese sword demonstration by Seibu-ryu School of Iai-Battojutsu, and origami.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: 

11:00am - 3pm      Tanzaku Wishing Station

11:15am - 12:15pm  Taiko performance by UW Taiko Kai

1:00pm - 3pm       Origami

1:00pm - 4pm       Tea Ceremony by Tankokai (Tickets required)

1:30pm - 2pm        Japanese sword demonstration by Seibu-ryu School of Iai-Battojutsu

Traditional Tea Ceremony presentations will be held at the Shoseian Tea House at 1, 2, and  and 3p.m. A limited number of tickets are available at $10 for adults and $7 for youth. Tea ceremony tickets can be reserved by calling the ticket booth at (206) 684-4725. 

Event is free with regular garden admission and no advance tickets are required. Click here for Garden admission rates.  Children age 12 and under enter FREE from 10am to 2pm on Family Saturdays.

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Free First Thursday August: 9th Annual Wandering & Wondering | Butoh Performance & Exhibit Opening
Aug
1
3:30 PM15:30

Free First Thursday August: 9th Annual Wandering & Wondering | Butoh Performance & Exhibit Opening

An exhibit featuring photographs of the annual site-specific event Wandering and Wondering held at the Seattle Japanese Garden and other Butoh artists will open on August 1.

This Free First Thursday event will also feature a 3-hour Butoh performance in which takes place throughout the garden.

Join us on Thursday, August 2 from 3:30 – 6:30pm and explore the world of Butoh. Admission to the garden is free for everyone for Free First Thursday.

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Family Saturday August: Kendama Workshop by the Gallagher Twins
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday August: Kendama Workshop by the Gallagher Twins

Bring your family to experience the world of kendama in the garden!

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy that originally became popular during the Edo period. Kendama regained its popularity in recent years and competitions are held in many parts of the world.

Join us on Saturday, August 10, 11am-1pm for a demonstration and a fun family-friendly kendama experience lead by the 2018 Gloken Kendama World Cup winner, Nick Gallagher, and his twin brother, Zack Gallagher.

Free garden admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Family Saturday.

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Family Saturday May: Koi Day
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday May: Koi Day

After an adventurous winter of heavy snow and a major pond restoration project, koi at the Seattle Japanese Garden are looking forward to our friendly visitors (and a feast)!

Koi at the Seattle Japanese Garden are awake from their winter hibernation and ready to eat. For our May Family Saturday on May 11th from 11 am to 1 pm, we’ll have free koi food, craft, and Koi Q & A.

FREE admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 am to 2 pm for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday May: Oshibana Demonstration by Norimi Kusanagi
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

Free First Thursday May: Oshibana Demonstration by Norimi Kusanagi

Norimi Kusanagi, a Bainbridge Island resident creates art by arranging the pressed leaves and flower petals to reflect nature’s simple elegance. This technique is called ‘Oshi (press) bana (flower)’ in Japan.

Join us on Thursday, May 2, 5pm – 6:30pm in the Tateuchi Community Room for a demonstration and a hands-on experience with Norimi. Norimi’s original artwork as well as her pressed flower greeting cards and posters will be sold during the event.

Entry to the garden is FREE from 1pm to closing for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

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Family Saturday April: Origami in the Garden
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday April: Origami in the Garden

For Family Saturday in April, the Seattle Japanese Garden is hosting Origami in the Garden in the Tateuchi Community Room. The event will be joined by P.A.P.E.R., Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable, who will be showing us how to fold spring-themed origami.

Please join us for Origami in the Garden and learn how to make flowers, butterflies, and more!

Entry to the garden will be FREE for youth 12 and younger from 10am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

On The Walls: Haiga Collection by Fumiko Kimura will be on display through May 29, 2019.

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Free First Thursday April: Fumiko Kimura Haiga Exhibit Opening Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration
Apr
4
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday April: Fumiko Kimura Haiga Exhibit Opening Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration

Fumiko Kimura, a Tacoma-based Japanese-American artist and co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, will be joining us to demonstrate the Japanese art of sumi-e (ink calligraphy) and discuss her haiga exhibit in the Tateuchi Community Room. Haiga is an art style combining haiku poetry and ink paintings. Her On The Walls haiga exhibit will be on display from April through May 29.

Please join us on Thursday, April 4th for the opening reception and a demonstration by Fumiko Kimura. Entry to the garden is FREE from 1pm to closing for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

 

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Maple Festival 2018
Oct
4
to Oct 14

Maple Festival 2018

Don't miss the magnificent fall color during the annual Maple Festival. This year, the event starts on Thursday October 4th and lasts for 11 days till Sunday October 14th.

This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities. Stay tuned for more details.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a special exhibit of Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Collection made possible in collaboration with the University of Washington's Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium. 

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SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018

THANK YOU everyone for your passionate love of the Seattle Japanese Garden and our Moon Viewing event! Moon Viewing 2018 is SOLD OUT. We apologize to everyone who loves this event and wasn't able to get a ticket this year.


For one enchanting evening a year, the Seattle Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns and luminaries welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

This year, guests will have a chance to enjoy special lighting art, “Asagao / Morning Glory” by Yuri Kinoshita and a sound installation by Paul Kikuchi throughout the garden in the twilight. The event will also feature a live performance by Kikuchi using historic 78rpm record collection.

Haiku competition will be held during the evening. Stroll through the garden on a beautiful summer evening will have plenty for your inspirations.

Complete your evening with a Japanese bento dinner and a tea ceremony. Three tea ceremonies will be held in the Shoseian Teahouse during the event. A limited quantity of bento dinners and tea ceremony tickets will be available for advance purchase at the time of ticket sale.

Ticket sale begins August 1.

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Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop

Mark your calendars for August 11! For this Family Saturday, Greg Kono of the Drachen Foundation will be leading aa fun hands-on kite-making workshop. Mr. Kono will be showing our visitors how to make mini koi and yakko kites from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And kids enter the garden free all day! Admission to the garden is FREE for children 12 and younger from 10 am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering

For the August Free First Thursday, Wandering and Wondering returns to Seattle Japanese Garden for its 8th annual Butoh performance! Throughout the three-hour event, you will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations in the garden. Wandering and Wondering is a sensory feast not to be missed. Entry to the garden will be FREE from 3PM until closing. Refreshments provided.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. September's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)!

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First Viewing
Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

First Viewing

Join us for First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the 2018 season. First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing at 10 a.m. A Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that's been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

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Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)

For the last Family Saturday of 2017, we are welcoming back Michael Dylan Welch of Haiku Northwest for a haiku workshop.

Haiku is a traditional form of poetry from Japan. In English, they are typically written in three lines with no titles and include an objective description that suggests a season.

Join us on Saturday November 4, 11am-1pm as Welch brings us into the world of Haiku. Be ready to focus on your five senses and stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden for inspiration for your poetic expression!

For more information about Haiku Northwest, visit their website, www.haikunorthwest.org

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. October's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)

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Maple Viewing Festival 2017
Oct
5
to Oct 15

Maple Viewing Festival 2017

Autumn is in the air, and colors are starting to show at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Join us for the breathtaking sight of maple trees in fall colors at the annual Maple Viewing Festival. This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities during the 10 days. The event starts on Thursday October 5th.

Tea ceremonies are offered on Saturday October 7th, Thursday October 12th, and Saturday October 14th. Pre-purchased tickets are required for tea ceremonies.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island-based photographer Ray Pfortner.

The hours in October are Monday noon – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday 10am -5pm.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Sep
24
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. September's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)!

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